The Janes.com website reported that the US Army is planning to hold a full and open competition for its Future Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (FTUAS) program, with a request for information (RFI) expected to be released in the next few months.
Major John Holcomb, Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, FTUAS assistant product manager, said last week that this competition would not be limited to the four companies participating in the current FTUAS capabilities assessment, which are Martin UAV-Northrop Grumman Technology Services, Textron, L3Harris, and Arcturus UAV.
According the major, the goal is to have some competitive prototyping and integration with an engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) effort. "I want you to bring the best flying aircraft you can with all those…built-in sustainability and maintainability aspects. Then we can work together on the kind of integration of these mission equipment and payloads (for) what we need to go toward in the future.”
Casey Still, Tactical UAS chief engineer, said last week that the US Army is looking for industry solutions in four technical areas. One is a micro atomic clock or a micro atomic clock timing solution. The US Army wants to make sure it has solutions for when the Global Positioning System (GPS) is denied or has performance issues.